Crafting a briar pipe is hard work. It’s an art form that takes a hell of a lot of sweat, skill and determination. But this is your chance to take brush to canvas and create your very own pipe. All the heavy lifting has already been taken care of as the stem, shank, and bowl have been pre-drilled. Plus, each one is made from high-quality briar for a lifetime of enjoyment. All you have to do is add your own personal flair. Go ahead and get wild. At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong way. Good luck.
I always wanted to make a pipe myself. This kit makes it easier, and has begun a new hobby for me, making pipes. The briar was a good piece of ebuchion(sp), though plain. The stem, unlike noted in other reviews, was good quality,just rough and only needed sanding and polishing. Overall, this was a good kit, and I recommend it to any pipe smoker that can use their imagination, patience, and some basic woodworking tools.